Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts
Christmas Blessings of Peace, Joy, and Hope. Christ our Savior is Born…
Forget About Me, I Love You
The Feast of the Holy Family
I like shortcuts…when I travel, when I go shopping, when I am attacking my To-Do List, and even when I am speaking (Please avoid comments here about the length of my homilies!). That is why I like acronyms…initials that stand for something else…for example, who says the word television anymore when you can say TV? The world is full of acronyms…USA, NFL, FBI…you can probably think of so many. But, did you know that FAMILYis an acronym? As you can see above…Forget About Me, I Love You. But this acronym NEVER involves a shortcut. It requires patience, forgiveness, second chances, third chances, fourth chances…in a word, it is rooted in LOVE. The world takes shortcuts with love all the time. Maybe, that is why families are in crisis. Love requires taking the longer and harder and more painful way. As we begin a new year, let’s look for shortcuts in the things that can make us more efficient. But, let’s never take shortcuts in loving those whom God calls us to love.
Parish Offices will be Closed: January 1
In observance of New Years Day, our parish offices will be closed on Wednesday January 1st. Happy New Year!
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: January 1
Begin 2020 in the Best Way!
Wednesday January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the beginning of the new year. We will honor Mary as the Mother of God and ask her to pray for us and lead us to her Son Jesus in the new year. Please join us for these masses in her honor.
Tues Dec 31 6:30pm Vigil Mass
Wed Jan 1 9:00 am Mass
Please Note: There will be NO 8:00am Mass on Jan 1
WELCOME DR. SCOTT HAHN! NEXT SUNDAY JANUARY 5, 2020: 6:00PM in the church
We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Walker Hahn who will be doing a presentation at our parish, Mary, Star of the Sea Church, on this upcoming Epiphany weekend.
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.
PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Thank You, Part I
I am deeply appreciative of all the people who have worked so hard throughout Advent in anticipation of Christmas to help us to spiritually prepare for the coming of Our Lord. May God bless you abundantly. It has been an amazing and sometimes, hectic journey. From the liturgical ministers to the musicians to all the volunteers to the unknown people who do all the little things behind the scenes, we have one thing to say: THANK YOU! YOU ARE A BLESSING TO US!
Thank You, Part II
Thank you for your generous response to the Retired Religious Appeal, The Fr. Joe’s Villages Outreach, the Casa de los Pobres Outreach, and all our charitable endeavors during this sacred season. Lives were changed because of you!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
This Advent has been filled with some wonderful celebrations. We are very grateful to all who have given so much of their time and talents in service to the parish. Our gratitude goes out to all those who helped in the planning and preparation of our celebrations of Thanksgiving Day, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lessons and Carols Prayer Service, School Christmas Pageant etc. All our volunteers did a phenomenal job! You are a pastor’s dream!
End of the Year. A Good Time to Think About Giving
As we approach the end of the year, this season leads us to be in a giving mood. We also should think about the benefits of timing our gifts. Donations to the Church and Charities given in December can be very helpful to us come next April 15th, Income Tax Day. If you are thinking about a gift in support of our parish Capital Campaign or other parish ministries or projects, this would be a wonderful time to do it. You can designate a specific purpose for your gift and we will respect your wishes. Thank you for your sacrifices in support of our parish mission to lead all to Christ. Your gifts make a difference!
Have a blessed and holy Epiphany! In Christ’s love, Fr. Pat